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While there are many great techniques to better meet the assessment needs of gifted
students, authentic assessment is one that can greatly improve gifted performance.
Examples of Authentic Assessment include (but are not limited to) debates, performances,
and simulations. These are all opportunities where you can observe and question gifted
students to learn more about their proficiency in a variety of ways.

The figure below is a quick reference for things to remember as you design authentic
assessments for your students:

multiple ways for
students to show
Focused on big proXiciency Clear criteria
ideas and established
concepts rather before
than individual assessment is
facts given

Based on real
world tasks and Authentic Open-ended
solving problems Assessment
in scenarios

Why are Authentic Assessments important?
Creates integrated, complex thinkers rather than students who can regurgitate facts
to pass a multiple choice test
Helps students to form deeper connections within the content, rather than working to
find only one correct answer
Not all students are strong standardized test takers. These tests might not accurately
reflect their abilities. Having more open-ended assessments can allow students to show
their proficiency in a way that better plays to their strengths
Elements such a challenge, creativity, and problem solving will engage and interest
gifted learners, allowing you to observe different elements of their potential

1 Moon, T. R. et. al (2005). Development Of Authentic Assessments For The Middle School

Classroom. Journal Of Secondary Gifted Education, 16(2-3), 119-135.